VPS and Dedicated Website Hosting
When trying to understand the differences between shared, dedicated and VPS (Virtual Private Servers) it is best to think the plans as housing for your files.
Shared hosting is like an apartment building where the building or server has many tenants or hosting accounts sharing the space and the utilities. This works just fine if you have a small family but if everyone in the building has ten roommates move in who are constantly running the water and using the wifi then the water pressure and wifi speed start to suffer. The key to shared hosting is that it is meant for small business websites, sure you can pack the roommates or files in like sardines but it will really be uncomfortable.
The next level up is VPS or Virtual Private Servers. You can think of VPS as townhouses, you are still sharing some resources with neighbors but less so than an apartment building and there is quite a bit more space.
For those that want their own space, there are dedicated servers, the equivalent of your own house. You have a lot more room, no neighbors and you can divvy up the building however you want.
What does this all mean for you? As with housing the larger and more private the property the more it costs not only that but the more private the property the more of it you need to mainVPS and Dedicated Website Hosting – WebHostingBest10.comtain yourself. Shared hosting like apartments is the least expensive with most of the server being managed by someone else, the only thing you need to worry about is your account. As you go up the tiers to VPS and Dedicated all of a sudden things start to get more expensive and you have to mow your own lawn and service your own air conditioning.
Why should you upgrade to a VPS or Dedicated Server? This may have to do with the type of site you have. If you have a lot of photos and videos that are password protected, this may be against your host’s rules for shared accounts which often prohibit file storage. Or you have a lot of site visitors, the metaphorical guests in your apartment, and your account may start getting crowded as those guests start clogging up the “hallways” otherwise known as CPU capacity. Another reason is to have full control over the configuration of your server, if you own a house you can make modifications you may not be allowed to make in an apartment or townhome.
Designing Your First Website? Some Tips to Get You Going! Part 1
If you are staring at a blank slate trying to decide how to design your website it can be helpful to sketch up a plan. It may seem counter intuitive to start your design with Navigation and content then pick a template after but it will be much easier to choose a template that works once you know what content you have and what pages you need.
Start by deciding how many pages you want to have and what those pages should be. Visualize your navigation menu, what important pages like Contact up or Services or Menu will be front and center and which secondary pages will be in a drop down menu?
Once you decide what pages you will have, comes the part that stumps most people, content. The best way to tackle content is to collect information and collateral you already have and assign it to pages.
Content can be:
- An interactive Google map with directions
- Your address, areas you serve, phone number and email
- A contact form
- Photos and videos of your business, products, staff or services
- A signup form for your newsletter
- Your Twitter or Facebook or other Social Media Feed
- A plugin that allows a client to make an appointment, order food or sign up for a class
- A blurb about the owners, staff, or company mission
- Recent community events you have sponsored or participated in
- Any press releases or articles written about your business
- A blog where you offer tips, advice and industry news
- A service menu, class schedule or list of specials or new menu items.
- Sales and introductory offers
- Price list or catalog.
- Customer reviews and testimonials